United begin Fer­nan­des deal ne­go­ti­a­tion

The Punch - - SPORTS -

Manch­ester United and Sport­ing Lis­bon have held face-to-face talks over the trans­fer of £60m-rated Bruno Fer­nan­des.

Mid­fielder Fer­nan­des, 25, scored twice as Sport­ing beat Vi­to­ria Se­tubal 3-1 in the Por­tuguese top flight on Satur­day.

The Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional is keen on a move but there has been no agree­ment be­tween the clubs over a fee.

United man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer and his as­sis­tant, Mike Phe­lan, watched Fer­nan­des play against FC Porto on Jan­uary 5.

Sol­sk­jaer has re­fused to talk pub­licly about Fer­nan­des and has in­sisted the club will only sign long-term tar­gets in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, de­spite in­juries to mid­field­ers Paul Pogba and Scott Mctom­i­nay.

How­ever, it is un­der­stood United are pri­ori­tis­ing mid­field as an area to strengthen.

Sol­sk­jaer’s side are fifth in the Premier League, five points be­hind fourth-placed Chelsea in the bat­tle for a Cham­pi­ons League place.

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